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Thermal Imaging Cameras
First Mate II MS Handheld Thermal Cameras
First Mate II cameras create pictures from heat, not light, so you can clearly
see landmarks, bridge abutments and other vessels. Navigate safely in all
light conditions from daylight to complete darkness, and safely avoid rocks,
buoys, floating debris and other hazards on the water. First Mate II's InstAlert
feature helps you find people in the water fast. InstAlert is an automated image
processing feature that highlights the strongest heat signatures in the image in
red, instantly alerting boaters to people who have fallen overboard or hazards
along the way. Includes the camera, soft carrying pouch, lens cover, wrist strap,
and mini-USB to USB charging cable with universal AC adapter. Runs for more
than five hours on a charge from the internal, rechargeable Li-ion battery.
Five hrs. operating/120 hrs. standby
24 x 18 NTSC
Thermal Imaging Technology
Cameras that Measure Relative Heat
Night Vision Scopes
and low-light cameras amplify ambient light (in the vis-
ible part of the spectrum). They use image-intensifier tubes that pump up the
most minimal ambient light to useful brightness levels. These are the "old
school" of night vision, previously the best products for the boater.
Thermal Imaging Cameras:
Now there's another technology for seeing in
darkness: infrared thermal imaging. A thermal imaging device produces an
image using infrared radiation, similar to a camera that forms an image using
visible light. Instead of the 450-750 nanometer range of the visible light cam-
era, infrared cameras operate in wavelengths as long as 14,000nm (14 m).
Thermal cameras don't need visible light. In fact, thermal cameras can't even
see visible light, so they see as well-or better-after the sun goes down as
Thermal cameras make pictures by detecting and displaying tiny differences
in heat-as small as 0.01C-and display them as shades of gray in a black
and white image. Even the heat from a person's hand on the wall leaves
enough thermal energy behind to show up clearly to a FLIR camera. Does that
mean that thermal imagers only let you see things that are hot? Not exactly. Ev-
erything generates thermal energy, even ice. And even though this molecular
heat is invisible to the naked eye, FLIR cameras detect it and turn it into digital
images that are easy to understand, al-
lowing you to see more and see farther
than you ever could with your eyes.
Real World Value
So what can you really see? Quite a lot,
according to independent reviewers. FLIR
cuts through glare (and unlike Night Vision
scopes, you can use them in daylight).
People and animals give off a distinct sig-
nature, and you can see crab pots and
logs floating in the water. Screen resolu-
tion is the biggest lag in this exciting tech-
nology, as the best available non-military
unit (the M-625L) has only 640 x 480 res-
olution. Also, water is opaque to thermal
imagers, so fog and rain will somewhat
obscure your view. M-Series imagers also include a low-light visual camera,
which is a great combination that provides both visual and IR spectrums on
your chartplotter. The affordable, versatile First Mate will be valuable on any
boat, as well as for camping, home security and other dry-land applications.
Note the heat signature of the
uncovered head and hands vs.
the clothed areas of the subject.
Small targets are visible
with First Mate II MS.
This image shows a
person in the water.
E-Zoom Length Height Width Weight
First Mate II MS-224b 1,033' 2,940'
No 6 11/16" 2 3/8" 2 3/8" 12oz.
First Mate II MS-324b 1,500' 4,200'
2X 6 11/16" 2 3/8" 2 3/8" 12oz.
night vision products.
Personal Thermal Imager
takes the power of thermal imaging and packs it into a tiny camera
smaller than a dime. The slim case weighs just 3.9oz and snaps easily onto
5/5s like a protective case, displaying directly on your phone's
screen. With literally hundreds of fun and useful applications, FLIR ONE
you measure temperature as well as create, capture and share both thermal and
visible images. Find heat leaks in home insulation and windows, use to perform
preventive maintenance on your boat and engine, find out if the dog, or your
spouse, has been laying on the sofa. FLIR ONE
is like gaining a superpower!
Space Gray. NOTE: FLIR ONE
is not intended for marine navigation or search
and rescue use. For those applications please see FLIR's Maritime product line,
including MS-Series handhelds, MD-Series and M-Series.
5/5s, running iOS 7 or above
Two hours of continuous use; does not consume power from or
5 1/2" x 2 3/8" x 7/8" (140mm x 61mm x
Visible camera (used for FLIR MSX blending): VGA;
FLIR Lepton thermal camera core: 60 x 80, 4,800 pixel
USB charging cable, iPhone
jack audio adapter
FLIR# 435-0001-01-00 ShWt .7
images right on
First Mate II
Snaps easily onto
your iPhone 5 or 5s
like a protective case
Check around the campsite without
leaving the tent, hike and explore at
night, observe wild animals, detect
other campsites, ensure campfire is
extinguished and locate friends in
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